What we do
We produce and research in the field of open source architecture and urbanism.
We have a series of main lines of work: housing, public space, tactical urbanism, citizen participation and the production of digital, manual, didactic and collaborative tools related to all of the above.
We have classified our activities in three formats: R&D Resources, Connections, Processes/Projects. We’ll explain how we work:
We work openly
We work with people who want to intervene in the spaces they will be inhabiting. There is no age limit. We have worked with very, very young people as well as with senior citizens. We care about the issue of gender, in the sense that everyone should have a voice and that we know that our spaces need to be feminized and diversified to be better and more inclusive.
WE SUPPORT SELF-CONSTRUCTION
We are excited about the construction phase of projects. In addition, we believe it is very important that participation occurs in all phases of the work, from the conception of the project to its construction. The spaces that are shared from the beginning and that are built in collaboration have a different quality, and are lived in and cared for in a different way. In our opinion, this empowerment is a fundamental part of what we call The Right to the City.
WE INVESTIGATE AND CO-CREATE TOOLS
We’ve been active in this adventure for an open source architecture for some time now. From the beginning we have realized that we need new tools to question the basis of urban production. Also very soon we have been made aware that we are not alone on this trip, and have found great accomplices with whom to generate tools to manage and share knowledge. The formats are diverse: web platforms, guides, assembly manuals, games and whatever else it takes. All with free licenses for public use.
WE REUSE AND SHARE NETWORK
We strive to design and build with a criterion for sustainability. Therefore, we understand how to take advantage of, and reuse materials and resources in general in a way that results in greener, but also more economical processes. The two things usually go hand in hand. In addition, the first is good for the planet and the second is good for social inclusion, especially if we think of groups with fewer means. Resources come and go. People give them up or demand them, and the network helps to distribute them in the best possible way.